HBCU Opportunities

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to launch the opening of its grant competition! MBDA seeks innovative proposals from organizations that are helping minority businesses address their most pressing needs and those of the communities they serve. These grants will provide applicants the flexibility and support to grow their operations and are consistent with MBDA’s mission to ensure minority businesses continue to be instrumental in making America stronger.

Grants.gov link: HERE.

Deadline:  11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, July 11, 2018

COST MATCHING:  Not required

Key Priority Areas:

  • Access to Capital
  • American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian entities and/or initiatives
  • Aquaculture
  • Disaster Readiness
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Entrepreneurship Education Program for Formerly Incarcerated Persons
  • Global Minority Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative
  • Historically Black Colleges & Universities Initiatives
  • Inclusive Infrastructure
  • Research
  • Space Commerce
  • Sustainable Business Model
  • Technology Transfer and Commercialization
  • Virtual Business Centers


Eligible applicants may be for-profit entities (including but not limited to sole-proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations), non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, commercial organizations, individuals, state and local government entities, or American Indian Tribal governments.


  • MBDA will hold two pre-application teleconferences scheduled for June 18 and June 21 at 2pm, EST; interested applicants only need to attend one teleconference, if desired.
  • For more information, or to register for the call, please visit mbda.gov.
  • A recording of the teleconference calls and Frequently Asked Questions will be posted on MBDA’s website.
  • Applicants are encouraged to register with grants.gov immediately and submit proposals as soon as possible.

Apply by 9/30/17
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), this posting seeks a postdoctoral researcher to conduct applied research in support of NETL Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) research. Candidates who demonstrate knowledge of conventional techniques of electrochemical performance testing (e.g. cyclic voltammetry, V-I curve generation, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Ionic Conductivity, and Electrical Conductivity Relaxation) are encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will have experience in:
·        Basic ceramic processing such as powder synthesis, tape casting, screen printing, and sintering
·        Microstructure analysis with SEM, EDS, AFM, etc., and sample preparation for the analyses
·        Preferably have experience in wet chemistry methods, and basic understanding of the general principles of fuel cell operation 
The successful candidate is NOT required to possess specific experience in solid oxide fuel cells, but preference will be given to candidates with experience in solid oxide fuel cells, electro-ceramic materials, electrochemistry, or any related systems in sensors, membranes, and other energy conversion devices.
***Interested applicants should complete the online application athttp://www.orau.gov/netl/. In the online application list Dr. Gregory Hackett as your requested mentor.  This will associate your application with this job posting.   Please send a CV to gregory.hackett@netl.doe.gov.